My latest crafternoon how-to: Hardwear necklaces! This was a complete experiment so I’d love to see and hear how other people get on with this – send me a pic or a link if you give this a go!
I have a new love for DIY shops – specifically nuts, bolts, washers: little shiny trinkets that make amazing beads and embellishments. I bought a couple of boxes of washers in silver for the last Crafternoon Cabaret Club which we used as fasteners and pendants for friendship bracelet style necklaces (How-To on the way) and I had lots left so I wanted to try creating a bold feature necklace with them. As I said – a bit of an experiment BUT I’ve worn this necklace out a couple of time since making it and I’ve had compliments every time.
You will need:
- Jump rings
- Jewellery pliers
- Necklace cord – you could also use a chain or ribbon
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Step One: Design
Lay your washers out and experiment with the different shapes you can make. Mix up washer sizes to see what effects you can get, or different shapes you can make. Remember that unless you have large jump rings your washers are likely to overlap so bear this in mind as you design. I’ve included some different ideas I tried out below. in the end I went with a wider more free wave-like design, partly because I wasn’t sure how it would turn out so I wanted to have some flexibility with how I could attach the washers (totally sneaky but totally worth it).
Step Two: Get linking
Once you have your design you can start attaching the washers with your jump rings. it’s quite fiddly but what you need to do is open up the jump rings using your pliers – I put the ends of the pliers through the jump ring then pulled apart – but only slightly as you’ll need to be able to get your pliers around the outside of your open jump ring to close it again. As I’ve mentioned your washers are likely to overlap to just pay attention to what is overlapping what to make sure it’s the look you want. Now link, link, link…
Step Three: Tie it up
Time to attach your necklace cord (or chain or ribbon – I’m planning to make another washer necklace and use short lengths of thicker organza ribbon to give a more classic, gothic choker feel. I’ll upload pictures as soon as it’s done). With the necklace cord I used two pieces and folded each in half. I then tucked the folded end through the outer washer and then pulled the rest of the cord back through this looped opening and then tightened to knot – the picture below describes it better than me. I did this on both sides and knotted the two pieces of cord at the back to secure
And that’s it! Your first hardwear necklace complete. Hope you enjoyed this crafting experiment!
Put on, rock out, Happy Crafternoon!
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